Pronunciation: (stûrn),[key] —adj.,-er, -est. 1. firm, strict, or uncompromising: stern discipline. 2. hard, harsh, or severe: a stern reprimand. 3. rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character: stern times. 4. grim or forbidding in aspect: a stern face.
Pronunciation: (stûrn),[key] —n. 1. the after part of a vessel (often opposed to stem).
2. the back or rear of anything.
3. (cap.) Astron.the constellation Puppis.
4. Fox Hunting.the tail of a hound.
Pronunciation: (stûrn),[key] —n. 1. Isaac, 1920-2001, U.S. violinist, born in Russia.
2. Otto, 1888–1969, U.S. physicist, born in Germany: Nobel prize 1943.